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Aiken’s Boys Put North Augusta’s Back Against the Wall

The rematch Friday at Aiken will be a must win affair for the Yellow Jackets.

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Kameron Williamson – Aiken

RJ Felton scored 19 points, including 4 made three pointers, to lead Aiken to a 53-48 win over North Augusta Tuesday. The rematch will be at Aiken Friday, and it will be a must win game for the Yellow Jackets because only two of the five teams in the region will make the state playoffs. After suffering a pair of losses to South Aiken and a third to Aiken Tuesday, North Augusta will likely need to win Friday and to also beat Airport (0-3) in its two other remaining games to have a realistic chance of making the playoffs.

School 1Q2Q3Q4QFinal
Aiken 1211141653
North Augusta 121711848

    Aiken – Clay Howard 1 0-0 2, RJ Felton 6 4-5 19, Kameron Williamson 4 1-2 11, Nate Holland 2 0-2 4, Dee Roberson 4 0-1 9, Demarcus Mazone 3 2-3 8. Totals: 20 7-13 53.

    North Augusta – Colin Rodrigues 5 3-4 17, Naijah Buchanan 1 1-2 3, Jordan Wilburn 4 0-2 8, Elijah Hall 1 0-0 2, Amarri Wilcher 2 6-7 10, Austin Harrell 1 0-2 3, Terry Richberg 1 3-4 5. Totals: 15 13-21 48.

Three-point goals – Aiken: 7 (Felton 4, Williamson 2, Roberson). North Augusta: 5 (Rodrigues 4, Harrell).

Aiken and North Augusta Battle to the End

  • by Zach Tinkham, Special Contributor

​Aiken topped North Augusta in a thrilling matchup Tuesday night at the North Augusta gymnasium.  RJ Felton led all scorers with 19 points as Colin Rodrigues led the way for North Augusta with 17. Felton started and ended the game strong for Aiken as he had 8 points in each the first and fourth quarter.

​The game was tight throughout with Felton and Rodrigues leading the way from the start.  Felton opened up the game with a three pointer just to have Rodrigues come down and knock down a three of his own.  The three point display to start the game did not stop there as Felton came back down to drain his second three of the game.  The highlight of the first quarter occurred when Rodrigues soared through the air to block a shot against the backboard which led to a layup by Naijah Buchanan on the other end of the floor. With just 25 seconds to go in the first quarter Nate Holland of Aiken stole the ball at half court to hurry in for a breakaway layup which put Aiken ahead 12-10.  

North Augusta tied the game at the first quarter buzzer with a pair of free throws by Terry Richberg.

​North Augusta came out hungry in the second quarter and looked to take control.  With 6:25 left in the quarter, Aiken missed a dunk attempt which led to a run out layup that ended up being an and one layup by Amarri Wicher that brought the crowd to its feet.  The crowd exploded so loud that you could not even hear the person talking next to you.  The Score was 18-14 North Augusta.  The lead would grow to 27-20, but Felton dribbled the ball down in transition to knock down a three which brought the score to 27-23 with 33 seconds in the half.  North Augusta scored again to end the half with a 29-23 lead.

​Dee Roberson was the third quarter hero for Aiken as he scored all of his nine points in the quarter.  Roberson first hit a three to bring the score to 29-28 North Augusta.  Then with North Augusta up four, he converted a layup while being fouled to make it a two point game at 32-30.  It was not just the offensive end where Roberson made a big impact but he then also took a charge on the defensive end to help swing the momentum to Aiken.  North Augusta went on about a three and a half minute scoring drought which ended with a Rodrigues 3 that put them ahead 35-30 with 2:33 to go in the quarter.  The quarter ended with the teams going back and forth and North Augusta taking a 40-37 lead going into the fourth.

​The fourth quarter was an action packed seesaw battle between the two teams.  Aiken started strong with Kameron Williamson knocking down a shot from the right wing to start the quarter which brought it to a one point game.  With just under six minutes to go a pair of free throws by Demarcus Mazone gave Aiken their first lead of the half.  Then with 4:41 to go Felton gets the ball in transition and pulls up from three sinking his fourth three pointer of the game and stretched their lead to 46-41.  But North Augusta was not going to go away easily.  Their leader Colin Rodrigues went on a 5-0 run of his own which ended by sinking a three pointer from the left wing that tied the game at 46 with 3:28 to go.  The game was all Aiken from their as Holland came up with a big steal and assisted on a layup by Felton with 1:21 to go.  Aiken was now ahead 48-46 and Felton came up with a steal of his own and went the length of the floor and missed the layup.  But Mazone was there to get the rebound and put it back up for two.  North Augusta came back down and Mazone made a huge block at the hoop and Aiken was able to seal the game at the free throw line.

​It was a very exciting matchup between the two teams with Aiken coming away on top 53-48.  Lucky for fans, these two schools get to square off again later in the week which will surely be another highly entertaining matchup.

P’eris Smith – North Augusta

North Augusta Keeps On Running

  • by Zach Tinkham, Special Contributor

​If you are watching the North Augusta girl’s team play, you better not look away for too long or you are going to miss a lot of the action.  North Augusta beat Aiken on Tuesday night 53-25 in a matchup between the two teams and North Augusta would not stop running.  As soon as they get a rebound or a turnover, they are ready to run.  Even on a made basket they inbound the ball quickly and race up the sideline.  Aiken had a hard time stopping them in transition but the game was closer then the final score indicates for much of the contest.

​North Augusta came out of the gates running and took control with a 19-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.  But Aiken would stay in it and not go away quietly.  Norriyah Bradley of Aiken made a basket with 4:32 to go in the second quarter to trim the lead to 23-10 and then followed it up with a layup to make it 23-12.  North Augusta then would go on a 4-0 run to end the half which gave them momentum at halftime holding a 27-12 lead.

​Aiken was able to hang around in the third quarter by actually outscoring North Augusta by a point.  The score was 35-21 at the end of the third.  But the fourth quarter was all North Augusta as they did not want to leave any doubt in the matchup.  It was a balanced scoring night for North Augusta as Zuri Goldsberry and Kiana Lee led the way with 13 points apiece.  Celena Grant followed both of them with 11 points of her own.  For Aiken, they were led by Norriyah Bradley who finished the game with 8 points.

School 1Q2Q3Q4QFinal
North Augusta 19881853
Aiken 669425

    North Augusta – Zuri Goldsberry 6 0-0 13, Suniyah Rollins 1 0-0 2, Ansley Gartrell 0 3-4 3, Alexis Merriweather 1 0-0 2, Celena Grant 4 4-6 12, P’eris Smith 2 2-5 6, Kiana Lee 3 7-12 13, Aricka Moore 1 0-0 2. Totals: 18 16-27 53.

    Aiken – Arianna Williams 0 1-2 1, Norriyah Bradley 4 0-0 8, Jazmin McCollough 0 2-2 2, ShaMya Brown 1 2-4 4, Quantashia Davis 2 2-2 6, Albany Holston 1 1-2 3, Te’Aisa Hair 0 1-4 1. Totals: 8 9-16 25.

Three-point goals – North Augusta: 1 (Goldsberry). 

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CSRA Sports Wrap Podcast – Episode 2

Because its regular season just ended, this week’s show is heavily focused on the high school scene, with an equal focus on both the area’s boys and girls side

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Because its regular season just ended, this week’s show is heavily focused on the high school scene, with an equal focus on both the area’s boys and girls side.

CSRA Sports Wrap Podcast – Episode 2

***Special Note: Starting at the 24:30 mark in the video above, Chad explained his understanding for why Evans didn’t play Milton Friday. After seeing the episode, Evans head coach and athletic director Kevin Kenny contacted us and asked to be interviewed so he could correct the record and give his first hand account of why the region tournament for the area’s class 6A region was canceled, and for why the game against Milton didn’t happen. Here is the interview with Coach Kenny, a direct response to the 30 second explanation Chad gave starting at the 24:30 mark of episode 2 (above).***

Evans Head Coach and Athletic Director Kevin Kenny’s Response to Episode 2

Show Notes – Episode 2

Segment 1 – A tour through the regular season

0:00 – 4:15

The impact of the virus on the high school season, using North Augusta’s boys as an example

4:30 – 6:35

Chad’s Fantastic Five (plus a 6th man) freshmen

6:35 – 8:15

Describing and showing of the most eye catching individual highlights of the season

Girls Basketball in Focus…

8:15 – 11:50

Focusing on girls basketball, Charles describes what it has been like to see Laney take a step back and watch Cross Creek, Butler and Josey all take down the Lady Wildcats and assert themselves as forces to be reckoned with.

11:50 – 18:30

More about local girls basketball…

Chad weighs in on the changing of the guard on the girls side and Jordyn Dorsey’s excellence on the court AND in the classroom is highlighted as we hear from Jordyn herself.

But before we hear from Jordyn we take a tour through pretty much the entire area when it come to girls hoops. Finally, we hear from Jordyn at about the 18:00 mark.

***The CSRA Sports Wrap Podcast is also available in an audio only format. Here is the SoundCloud version of Episode 2:***

***And here is the SoundCloud audio version of Coach Kenny’s response to Episode 2***

Segment 2 – Court Side Seats

Focusing on recent thrillers we witnessed:

– Butler vs Laney (Doubleheader)

– Wheeler vs Kell

– Augusta Christian vs Ben Lippen

– Butler vs Westside

– Fox Creek vs Strom Thurmond***

18:30 – 20:15

Butler vs Laney (girls)

20:15 – 21:30

Butler vs Laney (boys)

21:30 – 23:30

Chad talks about Butler’s stacked roster and its dominant final week of the regular season, with blowout wins over Laney and Westside.

23:30 – 24:15

And we finish the Butler talk by showing the bucket Brionna Sims (of the Lady Bulldogs) scored Friday to eclipse the 1,000 point barrier, as well as the celebration that followed.

24:30 – 25:15

What happened to Evans vs Milton?

25:15 – 27:30

Class 6A Showdown

#1 Wheeler vs #2 Kell

Scoota Henderson – The next Sharife Cooper, Ant-Man Edwards, Collin Sexton

Wheeler – The defending Class 7A state champion

27:30 – 32:00

Augusta Christian vs Ben Lippen

Augusta Christian’s January surge and a rundown of its key players.

Is freshman Elijah Crawford the best player in the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA), which is the high school home of Zion Williamson?

32:00 – 33:30

About Elijah Crawford’s progression throughout the years and his work with trainer Darrin Shine. Can Elijah Crawford (a freshman) one day become a the kind of player Scoota Henderson (a junior) is?

33:30 – 35:35

Butler vs Westside – For the Class 2A regular season region championship

Charles talks about a favorite player of his, senior point guard Ronnie Striggles.

35:35 – 37:25

Fox Creek vs Strom Thurmond

***Segment 3 – Augusta University Basketball Update***

37:25 – 40:20

Augusta University vs Flagler Doubleheader

The Lady Jaguars improved to 4-1 in PBC play

40:20 – 42:40

We hear from men’s head coach Dip Metress, who explains why his team, even though it has been severely impacted by the loss of 5 players for the rest of the season, will not be “opting out.”

43:30 – 47:00

Previewing next week’s show

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